Banana Bread. Waffles. Think about those words, say them slowly out loud so you get the full impact. Banana Bread Waffles!
I know, they sound impossibly good don’t they? Well, just to let you know, they are! As usual when bananas are involved it all starts with a few over-ripe ones. There they were lying sadly, neglected, past their prime. What would YOU do with them? Make banana bread most likely, and so would I. Nothing too original there. But I wasn’t in a baking mood, so all day I looked at them and felt guilty. By evening I made up my mind that something must be done with them. And since the next meal we would be eating would be breakfast and the next day was Saturday, waffles came to mind.
Let me say at the start that they are not all that sweet. I used a basic waffle recipe, added mashed banana, some sour cream and the typical spices used in banana bread. The resulting waffle was crisp on the outside, with a thick and soft interior, a lot like the end piece from a loaf of banana bread. I left the sweetness to be managed by the maple syrup added at the table. For your further information, the leftover waffles were just great toasted and spread with a little peanut butter, a riff on the favorite Elvis Prestley sandwich!
BANANA BREAD WAFFLES
Yield: about 6 round waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
- pinch cloves
- 2 eggs, beaten lightly
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream, or greek yogurt
- 1 cup mashed banana ( about 3 medium )
1. In a large bowl (A batter bowl works well because you can pour from it directly onto the waffle iron.), combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, the spices and salt. Whisk to combine well.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, milk, sour cream and banana. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine, but do not over mix.
3. Heat your waffle iron and bake the waffles as per the manufacturer’s directions until golden brown and crisp.
Serve with butter and syrup.
SOURCE: Inspiration came from a variety of sources with the basic waffle recipe from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.